By Tosin Oke.
Nigeria has in the last decades been ranked seventh despite a 70 per cent reduction in flaring amongst countries in the world to have flared (burnt off) the highest volume of gas per day, an improvement against its fifth position held in 2015.
According to the report obtained from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR):
‘’Although we are recording a decline, the scale of gas flaring is still worrisome. This shows that we have just made some progress as a nation. In 2012 we were ranked second, in 2015, we went to the fifth position and today we are seventh. That shows that there has been move for progress in reducing gas flaring to work; there is progress. Seven is not really a better position, we can do more. The report stated.
‘’I want us to get things very clear, gas flaring can never stop worldwide. This is the cause, there is what we call routine flaring and zero flaring and non—routine flaring. Routine flaring is what you do just because you don’t have anything to do with the gas. But non-routine flaring is like making provision in one’s oil facility to flare in case of emergency. That is what we call safety and emergency flare.
Crude Oil Production started in Nigeria in 1956 with a daily production of 5,100 Bbls produced along with Oil, is Associated Gas (AG) but the quantity was then considered insignificant. Apart from a small proportion used to run field equipment and facilities, produced gas was ordinarily flared. By the end of the 60’s when crude oil production increased rapidly, natural gas was also produced in quantities sufficient to create concern to the Government Ab initio gas flaring has been part of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. In reaction, Government put in place legislation to regulate the handling of produced gas in 1979 as stated in the report. ZERO routine gas flaring in Nigeria by 2020 and combination of Penalties, Incentives and Gas Development Drive has helped reduce gas flaring.
The guiding principles of the National Gas Flare Commercialisation Program-me (NGCFP) are Federal Government powers under Paragraph 35b of the First Schedule of the Petroleum Act 1969 to take Gas at Flare, Elimination of flared gas is a win for all parties across Nigeria, Promote collaboration between private, public, and social sectors, Commercially viable investments with positive returns, minimise government action to streamline implementation among others. The report stated.
By Tosin Oke.